Craig briefs: Country school reunion meeting set for Friday
May 9, 2015
There will be two more organization meetings for the country school reunion. The next two meetings are scheduled to organize that reunion at 1 p.m. Friday at the Wyman Museum and at 1 p.m. May 29 at the Wyman Museum. All those who attended the country schools as a student or teacher are urged to attend the meetings to organize the reunion so it can be a really fun gathering for everyone. Call Mary Lou at 970-824-6761 or Wes at 970-824-6455 with questions. The reunion will be held at 11 a.m. June 13 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.
CDOT cautions motorists of snow in high country
The Colorado Department of Transportation is closely monitoring the Front Range and mountains as anticipated storm could drop as much as two feet of snow in the high country and cause flooding in the foothills along the Front Range.
CDOT urges the traveling public to check on cotrip.org to assess roadway conditions before they travel this weekend. Additionally, CDOT anticipates there may be standing water in some areas and urges the traveling public to be cautious when approaching.
Bennet, Gardner call for hospital accountability
Washington, D.C. — Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner urged the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee to apply accountability measures to the ongoing construction of the Denver Replacement Medical Center, according to a news release.
The senators offered specific proposals to ensure that this and future VA construction projects are completed with an appropriate level of Congressional oversight.
In a letter to Chairman Johnny Isakson and Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal, the senators wrote, "…rigorous accountability measures must be put in place on the Denver Replacement Medical Center to ensure that Congress has more information and increased oversight of the project. These accountability measures must also ensure that construction is completed in the most timely manner possible and that precious taxpayer dollars are protected."
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The appeal to the veterans committee follows a field hearing that was held in Aurora last month. Bennet and Gardner, along with the support of Colorado's House delegation, invited the committee to Colorado to see firsthand the construction site and to hear from Colorado veterans and local officials about the VA's mismanagement of this project.
Construction of the hospital was briefly halted in December following a ruling against the VA by the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals that allowed Kiewit Turner to end its contract to build the hospital. Shortly after, a temporary agreement was struck between the VA and Kiewit Turner to resume construction. However, new cost estimates show that additional resources will be needed to complete construction.
CDOT announces start date for Bustang service
DENVER — Bustang, the new interregional express bus service from the Colorado Department of Transportation, will deliver its first passengers to Denver's Union Station starting in the morning, July 13, according to a news release.
The much anticipated service launch will connect major populations, employment centers and local transit entities along the Interstate 25 front range and Interstate 70 mountain corridors during peak weekday commuting times.
Offering three major service routes, Bustang responds to demand from the traveling public for a reliable transit alternative along the highest traveled corridors in the state.
Along I-25, there will be seven round trips per day, Monday through Friday from Colorado Springs to Denver and six round trips per day from Fort Collins to Denver. Along the I-70 mountain corridor, Bustang will operate one round trip Monday through Friday between Glenwood Springs and Denver Union Station.
The bus service will stop at existing park-and-ride locations along each route with fares reflected by length of trip. Multiple trip packages will be available at a discounted price as well as a 25 percent discount for disabled persons and seniors 65 years old and older. Bus schedules and fares are available for download online.
The Bustang fleet will feature 13 buses in rotation on each respective route. Each coach is equipped with restrooms, bike racks, free WiFi, power outlets and USB ports. Coaches offer a 50-passenger capacity and are handicap accessible.
July 13 marks the official service launch for Bustang, the state's first-ever, state-owned and operated bus system.
VNA: Residents should protect from Hantavirus
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association advises precautions when cleaning areas inhabited by rodents. Hantavirus is a serious, potentially fatal respiratory illness carried primarily by deer mice. People can be infected by breathing in dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine and feces. Most cases occur in the spring and summer. The illness can begin one to six weeks after exposure. Early symptoms are fatigue, fever and muscle aches and may also include headaches, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems. If a person experiences these symptoms and has potentially been exposed to rodents, they should seek medical attention immediately. Hantavirus can be prevented by cleaning up possible rodent food sources and nesting sites around the home, work area or campsite. For information about safely cleaning rodent areas, go to cdc.gov/rodents/cleaning.